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Monday, June 4, 2012

Sachin, Sachin - takes stance this time at Parliament

You have to have been physically present on a Ground to hear the rave rantings, shouts of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ filling the air, every time the little Master walks out to bat – or the delirious mood of the crowd when Sachin gets to a landmark, takes a catch, comes on to bowl, or simply turns towards the crowd – it is magic, and keeps occurring with systematic regularity, irrespective of which part of India, the stadium is ………. – the little Genius draws crowds everywhere, in whatever form he plays !! – and crowds expect him to score another century, everytime he pads on…………….

Though it had its first sitting on 13th May 1952, technically it became Rajya Sabha only on 23rd August 1954 – as this was the day when the Chairman of Rajya Sabha made an announcement in the House that the Council of States would now be called ‘Rajya Sabha’ in Hindi. 

RS – Council of States is the Upper House of Parliament of India having a membership of 250, 12 of whom are chosen by the President of India for their expertise in specific fields of art, literature, science, and social services. These members are known as nominated members.  The terms of office are six years, with one third of the members retiring every two years. The Rajya Sabha meets in continuous sessions and, unlike the Lok Sabha, is not subject to dissolution.

Sure you would have read a lot in to the politics that has kept the greatest all-rounder ever to have played for India – Kapil Dev – out of the recipients of the largesse from BCCI.  That is politics in Cricket – here is something on a Cricketer in Politics.

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made his debut at Karachi in 1989 at tender age of 16  but it was not uptil 1994 at Auckland in 1994 that he opened the innings for India and went on to become the most successful opener [primarily in One dayers] – his first ton came after 79 one dayers now he has 49 and 51 in Tests.
a balanced stance at the crease - would it be at Parliament too  ??

Innumerable times, he has walked with different partners to take the strike, but today, perhaps he would have been somewhat nervous in his stance as he stands up to take oath at Indian Rajya Sabha.    Today he would be sworn in as a Member of Parliament [I had posted my thoughts reflecting my views on this :] He is expected to take oath in the office of Vice President Hamid Ansari later today.  While Tendulkar will not have much to do immediately since Parliament is not meeting presently, he may be seen in the next session.

A former Delhi legislator had filed a petition in the Delhi High court seeking to quash the batsman’s nomination to Parliament by the President. However, while the court asked the government to reply to the petition it has not stopped the cricketer from taking oath.

There have been many supporters :  Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has wished the cricketer all the best in his tenure in Parliament.  MS Dhoni has stated “This (Rajya Sabha) is a new avenue for him and I am sure he will do well and contribute there also.”  World chess champion Viswanathan Anand yesterday said that Sachin Tendulkar serving as Rajya Sabha member would be a big step in his life and wished the cricket legend to enjoy his new role.

For Ram Gopal Singh Sisodia, a former Delhi MLA (of Socialist Party in the 1950s) who is opposing Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the cricketer is nothing but an interloper who doesn’t belong in the Upper House of Parliament. “Rajya Sabha is not meant for sports persons,” a triumphant Sisodia said after coming out of Delhi High court which had issued a notice to the Centre after hearing his PIL.  His petition legally could embarrass the President as it is her office which finalises such nominations.   

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.


  1. Well written Sir - Fans of Sachin follow him on cricket field, not necessarily at RS - Vivek

  2. Sachin, Sachin - the mad shouting tune is certainly music to hear - Asir